Statement of Values

The St. Louis County Police Department exists to serve the community by protecting life and property; by preventing crime; by enforcing the laws; and by maintaining order for all people.

Central to our mission are the values which guide our work and decisions. These help us contribute to the high quality of life in St. Louis County.

The public trust and confidence given to those in the police service requires the adoption and compliance of stated values, which are the foundation upon which our polices, goals and operations are built.

In fulfilling our mission, we need the support of citizens and elected officials in order to provide the quality of service our values commit us to providing.

We, the men and women of the St. Louis County Police Department, value:

HUMAN LIFE – We value human life and dignity, as guaranteed by the Constitution.

INTEGRITY – We believe that integrity is the basis for community trust.

LAWS AND CONSTITUTION – We respect the principles that are embodied in the Constitution of the United States. We recognize the authority of federal, state and local laws.

EXCELLENCE – We strive for personal and professional excellence.

ACCOUNTABILITY – We are accountable to the people in the community, and each other.

COOPERATION – We believe that cooperation with the community and the members of our organization will enable us to combine our diverse backgrounds, skills and styles to achieve common goals beneficial to the community and the St. Louis County Police Department.

PROBLEM-SOLVING – We are most effective when we can identify and solve community problems.

OURSELVES – We are dedicated, caring and capable people who are performing important and satisfying work for the people of St. Louis County.
Approved - Board of Police Commissioners - April 18, 2007